Oaklawn Plans to Add 450 Machines for Expanded Gambling

HOT SPRINGS, AR - Oaklawn Park thoroughbred race track says it wants to start an expansion in the spring that would add about 450 new electronic games and enlarge the south grandstand.

The track held off on major building projects while a court challenge was pending on the law that authorized a local vote that approved electronic games of skill at the track.  The state Supreme Court turned away the challenge in September.

Oaklawn said there wasn't time before its live racing season this winter to embark on a major expansion.  Track General Manager Eric Jackson addressed the Arkansas Racing Commission in Little Rock yesterday and said the expansion is planned to start in May.

The track has 450 electronic gambing machines and plans to double that number with the expansion.

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